Cullen Wines


2018 Flower Day Vanya

The best batch of Cabernet Sauvignon harvested on a full flower day from the great 2018 vintage. It is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon crushed into amphora and aged on skins for 56 days before pressing with a short maturation in 100% puncheon oak for 5 months. It has had no fining.

Vintage Notes

Growing season conditions:
During the growing season, traditional wet weather conditions prevailed through the winter months. Rainfall was close to 20% above 15 year average. 565mm, average 474mm.
Spring/Summer conditions:
Great spring conditions for the dry grown estate, good soil moisture reserves, followed by warm and dry conditions in November contributed to excellent conditions for flowering and fruit-set. This also contributed to healthy canopy growth and good shoot extension, leading into the summer months. 20% below average rainfall. 148mm, average 187mm.

Summer/Harvest conditions:
The beginning of summer set the vines up well for the remainder of the season. Average temperatures through December and above average rainfall allowed for canopies to continue to function well, soil moisture reserves to be kept up and berry development to remain on track.
The remaining months of summer, January and February, leading into the 2018 vintage had temperatures which were below average, however this allowed for very effective photosynthesis within the canopies and consistent even ripening of the fruit. The vines were not impacted by any severe heat or moisture stress. Average daily maximums through January and February were 25 degrees, 1 to 2 degrees below average, and only 5 days above 30 degrees.
Healthy, balanced yields (average to above average) were experienced across all varieties which was helped by the late spring conditions. The moderate temperatures through the summer provided for excellent fruit composure, with great intensity of flavor.

Stand out varieties:
Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon (exceptional), Malbec & Merlot. Excellent vintage for concentration, balance and perfume.

Winemaker Notes

VINEYARD : 100% Cullen Vineyard

VARIETIES: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

HARVEST: 7th March, Flower day

OAK: 100% in new puncheon for 5 months

ALCOHOL: 13.5%

Tasting Notes

Colour: Dark red mulberry, purple haze. Cellar: Will age well for 30 to 40 years Bouquet: Dusty rose, cardamom, dark chocolate, cherry, mulberry, ironstone, thyme, Wilyabrup soils, completely intoxicating in its depth and complexity with freshness and life. Food: Beef, biodynamic beetroot risotto, lamb Palate: Reflecting the purity and power of the 2018 vintage, poise, with fruit concentration and length spread across the palate. Quintessential Cullen Wilyabrup Cabernet Sauvignon in a glass from a great vintage. Plum, mulberry, cherry and cigar box, with fine grained tannins wrapping around the palate and swirling around the senses like a giant wave of flavour returning back to the shore over and over. So much length and persistence.